Yesterday I went to the town of Avignon and visited Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes). What a beautiful place it was. Note: It's part of Provence, you know, the region with all of the Lavender? Montpellier is part of Languedoc Roussillon.
Here's a photo I took of the city from inside the Palace...
Of course there is a lot of history intertwined with the Palace of Popes, and the city itself. What I took away was that there was a total of 9 popes who stayed here, 2 being slightly more significant historically than the others. For some popes, this was a "summer house", and others lived here primarily and swore they were THE pope, fighting for power against the king and the other popes living in other parts of Europe. Yeah, sometimes there would be 3 popes.
Basically, a lot went on here, even though this isn't really a "pop" historic place. Very cool stuff! Of course parts here and there have been ruined. Soldiers who where stationed here ruined a lot of stuff, like chipping faces off of the wall murals and selling them. I wasn't allowed to take pictures of the head-less murals, for the museum's fear my camera flash would do further damage, ha.
After a nice long day we headed home to have the typical 8pm dinner with our French families. Of course we drove by plenty of vineyards.